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Somalia: Islamic Courts Forces, Local Militias Recapture Burhakaba
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Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)
October 9, 2006
Posted to the web October 9, 2006
Aweys Osman Yusuf
Reports from Burhakaba say the Ethiopian and Somali government troops that took control of the district have pulled out returning to their base in Baidoa.
Residential militias accompanied by the Union of Islamic Courts with two battlewagons mounted with anti-aircraft guns recaptured Burhakaba, 180 km southwest of the capital.
Earlier the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu said they sent more of their troops and battlewagons to Burhakaba to evict the Ethiopians.
Four districts in Songkhla province will receive special consideration due to their proximity to the three problem provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala in the deep South.
Meanwhile, the government is also seeking to extend the existing emergency decree covering the three provinces for a further three months.
The decree expires on Saturday, and the Cabinet will hold a special meeting to approve the extension today.
As part of the ongoing multi-pronged strategy to tackle separatist violence in the South, the government will also extend university-education support to students in the area for another five years - from 2009 to 2014.
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